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The How-To Lounge: Perfect Self Tanning

Spring is fast approaching or very much arrived for some of us. It's a fine time to discuss self tanners and how to avoid those orange hands and streaks. Follow along and get a glow that says weekend jaunt in Mexico, not 60-watt bulb in the bathroom.

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  • Before applying self tanner, shower in lukewarm water, because sweating can impact application. Remember to exfoliate: it's the most crucial step when it comes to self tanning, as the creme tends to gravitate to dry, rough areas
  • Dry off completely and apply a thin layer of moisturizer to the places you will be applying the self tanner. This helps the tanner glide on more evenly
  • It's best to apply your self tanner to a naked body and to focus on one area at a time. I suggest starting with your legs and working your way up. I'd avoid spray-on tanners; they're impossible to perfect. Anyway, the lotion lasts longer
  • Most people don't have tanned arm pits or heels. Keep your glow looking natural by applying it to places that make sense
  • Just as in the sun, some parts of your body pick up pigment better than others, so apply your self tanner with that in mind. For example, the top of the arm is darker than the inside of the arm
  • Wait at least 15-20 minutes before putting on your clothes after application. Tanners stain, so don't wear anything you can't live without
  • Wash your hands every 5 minutes to avoid stained, orange palms. Take this step seriously, ladies! Wearing gloves is in an option, but you'll get a cleaner application with your bare hands. You choose your trade off
  • Don't shower or swim for at least 4 hours after applying. As with a real tan, self tanner will fade over time, so re-apply once or twice a week

Good luck, ladies, and remember: wash your hands as much as possible throughout this process. I can't wait for summer!


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